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84 • FIELDWORKER SAFETY

THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF

fieldworker safety regulations is to protect fieldworkers from pesticide residues in treated fields. These regulations require employers to take certain precautionary or safety mea- sures before fieldworkers enter the treated field. These measures include

  • fieldworker pesticide safety training

  • displaying pesticide application information

  • application notification

  • setting up decontamination facilities

  • providing hazard communication

The employer is responsible for the safety of employees. The requirements described in this chapter are intended to prevent employees from being exposed to pesticides or pesticide residues.

Fieldwor er Training

Fieldworkers must receive pesticide safety training before they are allowed to work in a treated field. Training must be given at least every five years and must cover all of the following topics:

  • routine decontamination and thorough washing after the exposure period

  • restricted-entry interval (REI), posting, and the standard format of state and federal posting signs

  • where workers may encounter pesticides and their residues

  • routes of exposure (Figure 6-1)

  • pesticide hazards; chronic, acute and delayed effects; and sensitiza- tion effects

  • common signs and symptoms of pesticide overexposure

  • first aid, decontamination, eye flushing, and getting emergency medical attention

  • warnings about taking pesticides or pesticide containers home

  • hazard communication require- ments

  • employee rights to information and protection against retaliatory action for exercising employee rights

The training must be conducted in a manner that is understood by all employees. It must be presented orally from written materials or audiovisually, using nontechnical terms. The trainer must respond to employee questions. The training must be provided by a qualified trainer. A qualified trainer is any of the following:

  • a California Certified Applicator

  • a person holding any other valid license or certificate of personal pesticide qualification issued by DPR

  • a person who has completed an “instructor training” program presented by one of the following:

    • A.

      the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project, after January 1, 1993

    • B.

      other instructor training program approved by the Director of DPR

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